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Well I must say there is no difference in the bible that they share.( I have read it) And as far as beliefs that should be challenged? Well maybe we should start with all the Pagan holidays that the Catholic Religion has adopted over the centuries and mislead people of all faiths? Hmm... Any thoughts?
We Christians have our own holidays. Our Christian holidays commemorate past events that pertain to our Christian faith. Some of these Christian holidays are even celebrated on the same days as the pagans celebrate their own holidays that pertain to their own pagan faith.
Pagans celebrate the Winter Solstice. Christians including Catholics celebrate what they call Christmas which is the birth of their Savior. Two entirely different events even if both the Christian holiday and the pagan holiday are celebrated on the same day or near the same day.
Pagans celebrate the Spring Solstice. Christians celebrate the Resurrection of their Savior. Two entirely different events even if both the Christian holiday and the pagan holiday are celebrated on the same day or near the same day.
Christians like to celebrate special events, even our own personal birthday anniversaries, as do most all people (except perhaps Jehovah's Witnesses and a few others). :)
There are only 365 days in a year. There are probably celebrations commemorating events for the pagans' many gods and goddesses, etc. on most if not all of these 365 days.
Pagans do not own the days of the year. God does.** He created them and "He saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good."
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Jesus was circumcised into the Jewish faith and so He celebrated the many Jewish holidays/festivals/feasts:**
Jesus went to Jerusalem to celebrate Hanukkah, the Feast of Dedication.
Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. 23 And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch.
Paul celebrated Christian holidays:
Paul hopes to be in Jerusalem in time for the Day of Pentecost.
For Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus, so that he would not have to spend time in Asia; for he was hurrying to be at Jerusalem, if possible, on the Day of Pentecost.
Celebrations are an important part of both our Jewish and Christian heritages. We do not heed what the pagans do to honor their false gods on the 365 days that God created. We are instead concentrating on showing honor to our own true God, by giving honor to important events in the His Son's (Jesus) life on earth. Jesus who is also called God (Word) along with the Father who is called God and the Holy Spirit who is called God -- are actually three Persons in one God.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. ......14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.......29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
We celebrate the Word becoming flesh (Jesus born of the Virgin Mary) on December 25th. This is pleasing to God.
Christians are no longer bound by Jewish holidays/festivals/feasts. We Christians now have our own holidays and our own worship day on the first day of the week (Sunday) in commemoration of the Resurrection of Christ. We are no longer bound by the Jewish Sabbath laws.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He (Jesus Christ) made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it. 16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
The Christians' regular weekly worship day eventually became Sunday in order to commemorate their Lord's Resurrection Day and Paul instructed them to take up collections every week on this first day of the week (Sunday) when they assembled together. (2 Corinthians 11:7-10), 1 Timothy 5:17-19, Hebrews 10:24-25
1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.